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Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Reveals It Was ‘Basically a Broken Heart’ That Sent Him to the Hospital Months After Wife’s Passing

Days after a representative for Duane “Dog” Chapman confirmed that the famous bounty hunter was admitted into a Colorado hospital for chest pains, the bounty hunter himself is opening up about his hospital stay.

Roughly a day after news broke that Chapman was experiencing chest pains, he was released from the hospital on Tuesday, September 17. Now he’s revealing, in detail, what lead to his hospital stay.

Chapman told KDVR that his assistant rushed him to the hospital when “I couldn’t breathe. It was like I had ran a 3- or 4-mile run.” The father went on to say that doctors still aren’t sure what caused the issue, but he has more tests scheduled for later this week:

“There’s something haywire or it’s psychologically. I don’t know. I guess things happen like that. I’ve never… I don’t do drugs.”

As of right now, Chapman says his condition is being labeled as a “broken heart.” He got emotional during his interview with KDVR:

“It feels much better now. And I’m going through some psychological things right now too, so that doesn’t help. I think, basically, I had a broken heart. And of course, it’s going to heal.”

According to the American Heart Association, “broken heart syndrome” is a real ailment. Scientifically, it’s identified as “stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy.” And it can strike even if a person is completely healthy.

As the American Heart Association reports:

Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. […] Broken heart syndrome is usually treatable. Most people who experience it make a full recovery within weeks, and they’re at low risk for it happening again (although in rare cases it can be fatal).

Chapman’s recent medical emergency comes just three months after his wife of 13 years, Beth Chapman, passed away.

As Dearly previously reported, Beth passed away on June 26 at just 51 years old following a long battle with throat cancer. The grieving husband said immediately following her passing:

“I loved her so much. As Lazarus lay, Jesus saidHe’s not dead, he’s sleeping.’ My final words are Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping. I hope I’m not just talking to myself. I hope there is a God and if there is I’m gonna see my honey again.”

Chapman said three of his children are in Colorado with him helping him recover.